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Daily pro wrestling history (11/1): Lou Thesz gets NWA belt in unusual fashion



Des Moines, Iowa:
- NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Ken Fenelon beat Eddie Campbell to unify the MWA World Junior Title and the NWA World Junior Title


- NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown is injured in an automobile accident, forcing him to retire. Brown is stripped of the title, and the title is awarded to National Wrestling Association Champion Lou Thesz. Brown and Thesz were scheduled to wrestle in a unification match later with Brown reportedly scheduled to win the unification match.


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Ivan Kalmikoff & Karol Kalmikoff beat Butch Levy & Herb Schiff 


Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Gene Kiniski dq (Bronco Nagurski was referee)
- Joe Scarpello beat Hard Boiled Haggerty dq 
- Len Montana beat Roy McClarty


Kansas City, Kansas:
- Pat O’Connor & Sonny Myers defeated Lee Henning & Bob Orton in 2 of 3 falls
- Bob Geigel defeated Red Bastien via DQ in three falls


Rockford, Illinois:
- AWA Tag Team Champions The Crusher & Red Bastien beat Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens
- Billy Robinson beat Larry Hennig
- Ivan Koloff beat Bull Bullinski
- Don Muraco beat Big K


Chicago, Illinois:
- AWA Champion Verne Gagne beat Ox Baker
- Nick Bockwinkel & Ray Stevens beat AWA Tag Team Champions Dick the Bruiser & the Crusher dq
- Baron von Raschke no contest Pampero Firpo
- Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Pepper Gomez beat Sgt. Jacques Goulet & Soldier LeBoeuf & Johnny Valiant
- Wilbur Snyder beat Chuck O'Connor (Big John Studd)
- Jimmy Valiant beat Billy Robinson
- Bobby Duncum beat Bull Bullinski


Richmond, Virginia:
- Roddy Piper defeated Paul Jones in a tournament final for the Mid-Atlantic Title 


Lake Charles, Louisiana:
- Ted DiBiase defeated Paul Orndorff to win the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title

Tokyo, Japan:
- Dory Funk Jr. defeated Bruiser Brody to win the NWA International Heavyweight Title


Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
- Tommy Rich won a Battle royal
- AWA Champion Curt Hennig beat Greg Gagne
- AWA Tag Team Champions Original Midnight Express beat Nord The Barbarian & Wahoo McDaniel
- Tommy Rich beat Adrian Adonis dq
- Kevin Kelly & Nick Kiniski beat DJ Peterson & JT Southern
- Alan West beat Dick Slater dq
- Soldat Ustinov beat Mitch Snow


Tokyo, Japan:
- Jushin Liger defeated Pegasus Kid (Chris Benoit) to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title


Elizabeth, New Jersey:
- Jay & Mark Briscoe defeated Special K (Izzy & Dixie) to win the Ring Of Honor Tag Team Championship


- Kane & Big Show defeated Trevor Murdoch & Lance Cade to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship
- Intercontinental Champion Ric Flair defeated Triple H inside a steel cage
- WWE Champion John Cena defeated Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle